Are Your Friends Making You Sick?
With COVID-19 on the rise...
It’s safe to say we should all keep some distance until things settle down.
But today, we’re not talking about your friends spreading this virus.
What we’re talking about is something that has effects that can last a lifetime...
No man is an island.
Connecting with others and building relationships is an important part of life.
But it’s not only important for your mental health…
It’s also vital to your physical health.
Studies show that those with good friendships and romantic relationships have less stress, stronger immune systems, and longer lives.
On the other hand, unhealthy relationships and loneliness can have disastrous effects on your health.
And we’re talking about some serious health consequences, like:
- High blood pressure
- Slow or delayed healing
- High cortisol levels
- Poor immune function
- High obesity risk
- Excessive inflammation
The list goes on and on.
Scientists discovered that the lack of healthy relationships could have the same effect as smoking, not five… not 10… but 15 cigarettes a day!
The question is, how do you know if you’re in a toxic friendship?
There are five things that every healthy relationship has to check off:
- You listen to one another.
- You have open communication (without judgment).
- You participate in healthy activities together.
- You respect and trust each other.
- You make time for each other.
If your relationships don’t check off any of these, it may be time to make some serious changes…
Your mental health and physical health depend on it.
There are three types of connections we need in our lives:
- Intimate connections with friends and family who love and care about you.
- Relational connections with people you see often and that have common interests (like coworkers).
- Collective connections with those who you share a group membership with (like clubs and religious assemblies).
Do you have long-term and meaningful connections in all of these?
The truth is, many don’t…
Maybe you feel stuck in old, toxic relationships, or maybe you have a hard time meeting new people…
Whatever the reason, there’s always a chance to start anew and build healthy relationships.
There are three steps you need to take:
- Repair or remove existing friendships. If you’re in a broken or toxic relationship, the first thing you need to do is decide whether it needs to be removed from your life or repaired. Hint: If the relationship has always made you feel unheard or lonely, it may not be worth saving.
- Connect. There are numerous ways you can connect with people — join a new group or community, call or message an old friend, volunteer, or strike up a conversation with a stranger.
- Nourish. Once you’ve started a new friendship, you have to nourish it to keep it alive. This is where the real work comes in. Make sure you listen, communicate openly, have mutual respect, and make time for one another.
Follow these steps, and you’ll be on your way to better healing, less stress, a healthier body, and a longer life...
To your health,
President, Longevity Insider HQ
P.S. Stuck in the house with your family or friends? Our team is using THIS to keep calm while the rest of the world freaks out. We also use it to promote immunity support. After all, extreme stress can weaken your immune system... So let's keep the stress low and those smiles bright!